COVID-19 Statement – 18 April 2021

The Board of Trustees has decided that the 2021 Variations Chamber Music course is cancelled because of the current measures in place to control the Covid-19 pandemic and the considerable uncertainty about when we will be able to resume organised amateur music making.

We are greatly saddened to have cancelled our week in Ullapool for a second year running but have taken the decision because it seems extremely unlikely that we can organise an event in July that would bear any resemblance to the Variations courses we know and love.

We will be organising the next Variations Chamber Music course for Saturday 23rd to Friday 29th July 2022 and will confirm these dates in November this year.

Booking for Variations 2022 will open in January 2022

The following information applies to the intended 2020 Variations course and appears here as a guide for those interested in joining us.

The course fee is £490 (or £440 if booked before 31 March 2020).  This includes:

  • Welcome reception
  • Five mornings of rehearsal with your assigned chamber group with coached sessions on most days
  • Individual advice and tuition
  • Larger chamber sessions in the afternoons
  • Masterclasses/Specialist instrumental clinics
  • The opportunity to apply to play a movement as a member of the Edinburgh Quartet in the ‘Apprentice’ sessions
  • Complimentary tickets and programmes for the Edinburgh Quartet’s two public concerts
  • The opportunity to play at the closing concert
  • Lunches, teas, coffees, home baking from Sunday to Friday (except for Wednesday)
  • Assistance from the Variations Manager who will be on hand during the week.


We require a deposit of £100 at the time of booking, with the balance payable by 1st June 2020.

Please note that Variations reserves the right to cancel your booking unless full payment is made by this date and that all deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, except in the unlikely case of cancellation of the event where full refunds will be made.

Participants are encouraged to take out insurance in case of having to cancel their place.

Booking for Variations 2020 is now closed.

When you are ready to book, simply download the booking form* and send it with your payment to:

Variations Scotland
℅ Fiona Ross
1 Auchineden House,
Blanefield, G63 9AX

Email Fiona Ross, Variations Manager, at to discuss or find out more.

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